CUC Newsletter – January 22, 2021

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it… Hebrews 12:11


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Did God Send the Pandemic?

One of CUC’s own – and favorite – speakers, Mark Goodwin, will give our lesson this Sunday: “Did God Send The Covid 19 Pandemic?” His scripture will be Luke 13:1-5


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 42nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

CUC attendance January 17

Zoom 92
In Class: 6
Total: 98

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


2021 CUC Fall Retreat

The 2021 Fall Retreat Team (Bill & Dee Scott and Gene & Maureen Osborn) has been working to schedule our retreat. We were hoping to have a “Save the Date” notice by this time but the pandemic has not subsided to allow that. Please email Gene Osborn to let the team know your thoughts: Will you commit to attending a Fall 2021 retreat? We need a minimum of 50 positive responses (25 room guarantees) to obtain discounted rates and proceed with booking a suitable facility.


A Note from the CUC Vice President

When Fred Bauer was a kid growing up in Ohio, he made extra money picking strawberries for a man who had a small farm on the edge of town. He sold his produce from a little roadside stand. Because Fred was paid by the quart, he figured the faster he picked, the more he would make. But the farmer informed him that there was another requirement.

“Don’t just fill your boxes to the edge. Fill them till they run over and won’t hold any more,” he said. “I’ve always operated on the principle that if I charge a fair price and give my customers a little extra, they’ll come back again.” And they did.

What Fred learned was that we reap what we sow … in every facet of our lives. Give the minimum; expect to receive the minimum. Give lavishly, extravagantly, and be rewarded in kind. Not that that should be our motivation. But the law that says you can’t outgive the Lord is immutable. Jesus confirmed it when He preached, “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38, RSV). It applies to strawberries—and the fruits of the Spirit, as well.

Quote for Today: Martin Luther King: “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

To all CUC’ers: Thank you for giving so lavishly of your time, talents, money and love to truly be the hands and heart of Jesus on earth.

Sandy Martin


My Neighbors Pantry

Remember us while you’re shopping ! We serve 250-300 families each week and still need donations of several items. So far, we’re receiving less than half of what we need each week and when we run out, families go without. Here’s what is needed: Laundry detergent, Feminine hygiene products (pads more popular than tampons),Household cleaning products, Black or pinto beans (dry preferred),Flour,Vegetable oil. You can drop-off items on Mondays 12:00-2:00 PM. Just drive-up to the Fellowship Hall double doors at RUMC, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will retrieve them from your car.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

The RUMC Hospitality team will be back in the kitchen next week preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals, and continue these meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. You can pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. You can register online to purchase both hot and frozen meals with your credit card. Online orders are closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm., but open at all other times. You should receive an email confirmation if your order has been successfully submitted. You need to click both the left side of the item you would like to purchase as well as the right side for the quantity. Drive up orders are also welcome with no pre-registration and you can pay by cash or check. Please contact Jacob via email if you have any issues with ordering, or questions about menu items

  • Tuesday: White Bean and Chicken Chili, Rice Pilaf, Southwest Cole Slaw, Green Chili and Cheddar Corn Bread
  • Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie, Peas and Carrots, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Italian Meatball Lasagna, Cesar Salad, Garlic Bread

Frozen Meal options will change daily and are available while supplies last!


  • Jim Adcock – at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid and multiple complications
  • Margie Avery is undergoing Chemo and radiation treatment and is asking for your prayers.
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemotherapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Thank You From Patsy Lanham –Thanks to all of you for your prayers, cards, emails and meals following my knee replacement. You never realize how much these things mean until you are the one on the receiving end. I am doing well and trying to survive the physical therapy! Thank you again – our class is the absolute best!


Birthdays

  • Ann McNew – January 28

Anniversaries

  • -=None=-

New Bible Studies

Jeff Ross has started a weekly Bible study on reading the whole Bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in-person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com

Arise: A Study of God’s Heart for Justice

Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall is leading this study to better understand what justice is to God and how it matters to us. Explore scripture, hear stories from those who have committed their lives to justice, and imagine ways we can respond to God by acting justly in our communities. Thursdays, 11-12:15 p.m., Jan. 21-Feb. 25 https://my.rumc.com/portal/event_detail.aspx?id=19517


Stephen Ministry

If God is calling you to serve in a new way, you’re invited to apply to become a Stephen Minister. Following 50 hours of training in Christian Caregiving skills, Stephen Ministers are prepared to offer loving support to individuals in crises such as illness, death of a loved one, divorce, relocation or financial setback.

Applications are currently being received for the Spring training class (to be held on weekday mornings). Please contact Toni Fagan for information.


Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 17, 2021

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Jesus Friend, the One We Don’t Talk About

One of CUC’s favorite speakers, Rusty Gordon, will be the CUC speaker this Sunday. His Lesson title is “Jesus friend, the one we don’t talk about!” his scriptures are

Matthew 27:3, Luke 6:12-16, and 2 Cor 5:16-2


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 41st Sunday we have met on Zoom. Attendance January 10 was 83 on Zoom and 3 in class, Total = 86

This Sunday we will continue to have CUC class both in the classroom and on zoom.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


New CUC Members

We are delighted to welcome as our newest CUC members, Bill and Caren Floyd


A Note from CUC President

Thirsty for Righteousness
by Max Lucado

“IF ANYONE is thirsty, Jesus said “Let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37)

Admission of thirst doesn’t come easy for us. False fountains pacify our cravings with sugary swallows of pleasure. But there comes a time when pleasure doesn’t satisfy. There comes a dark hour in every life when the world caves in and we are left trapped in the rubble of reality, parched and dying.

Some would rather die than admit it. Others admit it and escape death. “God I need help.”

So the thirsty come. A ragged lot we are, bound together by broken dreams and collapsed promises. Fortunes that were never made. Families that were never built. Promises that were never kept….

And we are very thirsty. Not thirsty for fame, possessions, passion or romance. We’ve drunk from those pools. They are salt water in the desert. They don’t quench—they kill.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness….”

Righteousness. That’s it. That’s what we are thirsty for. We’re thirsty for a clean conscience. We crave a clean slate. We yearn for a fresh start. We pray for a hand which will enter the dark cavern of our world and do for us the one thing we can’t do for ourselves—make us right again.

As we enter 2021, let’s all pray that God will make us right again.

Look forward to seeing all of you Sunday,

Fred Brown


Thank You From Murphy Harpst

Thank you for supporting Murphy-Harpst this Christmas! Christmas 2020 was a year unlike no other. Your willingness to adapt to the constant challenges and changes of 2020 is the reason 140 kids at Murphy-Harpst had the best Christmas ever! We are so grateful that you found creative ways to help our children and staff safely celebrate. Whether you participated in a gift drive, a tree sale, a fundraiser, or a wrapping party, you made a difference in the life of a child on Christmas Morning!


New Bible Study

Jeff Ross is starting a bible study at the end of January called the Grand Sweep. It is study based on reading the whole bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

We had a great first week back with our take home meals here at RUMC! This week we served about 315 Hot Meals and 215 Frozen Meals! We have a great menu lined up next week with a few church favorites. It was great to be back serving our community again.

Week of January 19th – January 21st

  • Tuesday: Cincinnati Beef Chili with Spaghetti, Cole Slaw, Mini Corn Dogs Fritters
  • Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Pork over Sesame Chive Rice, Fresh Fruit, Sesame Roll
  • Thursday: Southern Fried Chicken Thighs with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Succotash, Honey Buttered Biscuit.

  • Jim Adcock– at Northside Hospital very ill with Covid following surgery to remove blood clot on brain following recent fall.
  • Lynn Adcock – on isolation following testing positive for Covid
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers– as she recovers at home following successful surgery
  • Patsy Lanham recovering from a second knee replacement
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Betty Smith – following a stroke which caused loss of function of her right side. She will be going to a rehab facility near her daughter. She prefers communications by text at this time.
  • Vince Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently having chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is having radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Thank You’s

  • From Nancy Spence: Dear CUC, Losing a loved only brother is always hard – but even harder during a pandemic. Your calls, e-mails, cards, prayers and concern mean so much to me. Thank You!
  • The Adcocks appreciate all your calls, cards, and emails during this difficult time.
  • From Gale and Roger Davis: Dear CUC friends, Thank you for your love and prayers for our daughter, Cynthia , and Grandson, Tyler. Cynthia was here this past week and brought us the huge stack of cards you had sent after Roxane died. We were all encouraged by your many expressions of thoughtfulness. Our CUC community is unique and we thank you for that!

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.

Birthdays

  • Julian Belote – January 17
  • Janice Scalzo – January 21

Anniversaries

  • Sister and Gannett Backus – January 22, 1972- 49 years-Birmingham, AL

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – January 10, 2021


Sunday, January 10, 2021

This Sunday we will be looking forward to Bill Floyd’s second Sunday of teaching about the parables of Jesus. We are very pleased that Bill and his wife Caren will be joining CUC as members.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 40nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. Attendance January 3 was 85.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

God wants whatever You’ve Got
By Rick Warren:

In John 6:5-6 Jesus asks, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? He asked this only to test them, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.”

You all know the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. I think it is amazing that, out of 5,000 people only one person brought a lunch. I’m thinking a lot of people were hiding picnic baskets under their robes because they didn’t want to share with anybody else.

But one little boy offered the bread and fish he packed for his lunch. He gave Jesus what little he had and God used it to not just feed a lot of people but also show how much he cares and how powerful he is.

God always starts with what you have. You may not have much time. Your finances may not be much. You may not think you have much talent. But you can give God everything in your life. Give him your heart, Give him your reputation. Give your past, present, and future. It may not be much, but you can give him your five loaves and two fish.

Jesus wasn’t worried about how to feed 5,000 people. He already had in mind what he was going to do. He saw the need long before the disciples did. And he had a plan.

You need to understand this truth today: God always has the answer before you even know the problem. God is not worried, he saw your problem long before you did. He knew it was coming, and he already had a plan for it. God knows the solution to your problem before you even recognize it’s a problem.

So why are you worrying? Just admit you have an unsolvable problem, and then give God everything you have. Watch him take your loaves and fish and turn them into a feast.

God bless you all and thank you for your prayers,

Fred Brown


New Bible Study

Jeff Ross is starting a bible study the end of January called the Grand Sweep. It is study based on reading the whole bible in a year. He will have a weekly “Facebook Live” meeting instead of an in-person meeting. There will be a discussion board for people to talk with other people and with him.

From Jeff Ross:

Read through the Bible with me starting the 3rd week of January 2021. We will be using J. Ellsworth Kalas’s “The Grand Sweep”. I will host a weekly Facebook live group that will look at what we have read that week and consider the threads tying it to the weeks before and the weeks to come. To join go to “Jeff’s Grand Sweep” on Facebook and ask to join. Or, if you are not on Facebook or just have questions email me at jross@rumc.com


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Jacob is all set to resume our take home meal program next Tuesday, January 12th. We have the freezer fully stocked up and some great menu items lined up to start off the New Year! Looking forward to seeing many of you to kick the New Year off ! Thanks in advance to all of you that help to Serve our community and help communicate to others in the community about the Service that we are providing

Week of January 12th – January 14th

  • Tuesday: Beef Fried Rice, Egg Roll, Fresh Fruit
  • Wednesday: Ham Pasta Cordon Blue, Roasted Broccoli and Carrots, Buttered Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole, Mexican Rice, Charro Beans

  • Jim Adcock – recovering in ICU at Northside Hospital following surgery to remove blood clot on brain following recent fall
  • Fred Brown – for good results from new cardiac medication
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers at home from successful surgery on Thursday
  • Beth Hamililton following loss of her sister Kathie
  • Patsy Lanham will be having a knee replacement (her other knee) Thursday, Jan 14, at Emory – St. Joseph Hospital. Coming home the same day
  • Don Macleod – as he recovers from surgery
  • Bob Morisey for a quick recovery from Covid
  • Nancy Spence – on the loss of her brother Frank
  • Vince’Grosse’s sister Deidre Morrison as she is currently undergoing chemo therapy following successful colon cancer surgery and the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts as she has finished chemo and is undergoing radiation therapy at the Mayo Clinic for pancreatic cancer.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Katherine Simons – January 10
  • Roger Davis – January 11
  • Don McNew – January 14
  • Mike Story – January 14

Anniversaries

  • –=None=–

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



Mr. Rogers – Forgiveness

CUC Newsletter – January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14


Sunday, January 3, 2021

We are excited to have Bill Floyd, RUMC’s Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, as our speaker for the next two Sundays. His subject will be the Parables of Jesus.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 39nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 27 was 82.

We will also be meeting in our CUC classroom for those who want to attend in person.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


Is Christmas over? When do you take down the Christmas tree?”

While New Year’s Day may mark the end of the Christmas period, remnants of the holiday festivities still remain. For those who thought that Christmas was over, Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6, marks the final celebratory day of the Christian holiday season! So, there is still a full week before many practicing Christians complete their celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is commonly associated with the day the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger and has several different names throughout history and cultures.

Well then, when do you take down your decorations and the Christmas tree? The answer continues to be an ongoing debate. Is Tuesday 5 January or Wednesday 6 January the best day to tackle the task? And what happens if you leave them up longer? Will you have bad luck for the rest of the year as the superstition goes? One thing’s for sure, there are definitely different traditions.

In Britain, tradition has it that Christmas decorations stay up until the Twelfth Night. Twelfth Night is a festival in some branches of Christianity which marks the beginning of Epiphany.

What is Epiphany?

Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men who followed an angel to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The day has also referred to as Three Kings Day and Little Christmas by both Irish and Amish Christians. The feast of the Epiphany concludes the twelve days of Christmastide and is the traditional end of the Christmas season.

If you count 12 days from 25 December you arrive at 5 January. According to the Church of England, this is Twelfth Day. Not everyone agrees however. Many other

Christian groups count 12 days of Christmas as starting the day after Christmas Day-making 6 January Twelfths Night.

So, which date is correct? Both. And if you forget? Most people think that it’s bad luck to leave your decorations up after the 5th. According to one superstition, Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night should be left up until Candlemas Day – 2 February.

As we enter 2021, I share these Bible verses with you, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16: 13-14

God Bless,

Fred Brown


  • Jim Adcock – Returning home from the hospital today as he recovers from a fall
  • Dick Anthony – continuing to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she anticipates surgery scheduled for January 7
  • Don Macleod – having surgery for bladder cancer on January 4th
  • Nancy Spence – her brother Frank in hospice care

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people.


Birthdays

  • Susan Emmons – January 3
  • Gloria Stadler – January 3
  • Sandy Martin – January 3
  • Norma Hills – January 5
  • Sue Waite – January 5
  • Jill Head – January 6
  • Sara Beecham – January 6

Anniversaries

  • Lynne and Dave Roberts – Jan 3, 1961 –West Palm Beach, FL, 60 years!!

Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – December 27, 2020

“Now have come the salvation, and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah…” Revelation 12:10


Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Other Christmas Story

One of our favorite CUC teachers, Bob Fletcher, will teach our class this coming Sunday. The title is “The Other Christmas Story!” Scripture: Revelation 12:10. We will be 100% zoom starting at 10.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 38nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 20:

11 in the Classroom, including Bill and Caren Floyd. On Zoom there were 72, Total: 83

This Sunday we will have our class entirely on Zoom. We will not be in the classroom at all. The RUMC service is at the same time but can be watched at your leisure at RUMC.com. If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

First Sunday after Christmas

by Christopher Bate

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:13

When I use to row, I loved the last 500 meters of the race. This was when you started to hear the crowd shout praises, egging you on after the first 1500 meters. Your body was stuffed, but you knew you had to push through to the end. The praises of the crowd ignited an energy that you didn’t know you had, spurring you on to finish the race.

In Psalm 148, we read about how all creation sings praises to the Lord, seeking to express admiration, appreciation and thanks to God. We are also reminded how this praise from creation is independent, but also part of the whole. This is how we as Christians should praise God-individually, but also as part of the great cloud of witnesses, and with the whole of creation.

However, this praise is not meant to be kept to yourself, as it’s designed to be shared. Just like the crowd shouted praise to themselves, but openly for their teammates, friends, and family to finish the rowing race. We ,too, are to share our praises for God and everything he has done with others and encourage them to praise God.

As we embark on this last week of the year and look to a new year, let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on the year. Let’s give praise to God for who he is and what he has done; looking to continue those praises with the whole creation into the New Year, encouraging others along the way.

I hope everyone was able to have a Merry Christmas and I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

God Bless,

Fred Brown


  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to have health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she anticipates surgery scheduled for January 7
  • Don Macleod – having surgery for bladder cancer on January 4th
  • Craig Simons – For good recovery following gallbladder surgery on lastWednesday
  • Pat Stamps’ son John and daughter-in-law, Carol Ann. They both have had COVID-19 and Carol Ann is hospitalized
  • Susan Emmons asks for prayers for her brother-in-law Gordon in serious condition following open heart surgery with triple by-pass and aortic valve replacement this past week. Also please pray for peace for all of us.

Continuing Prayers

  • Jim Adcock – as he continues to deal with health problems
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer

In last Sunday’s AJC there was a nice obituary for Warren Allen. He died Saturday, December 12th. Warren and Barbara were very active in the CUC Class quite a number of years ago.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Jim Boswell – December 27
  • Brenda Burrell – December 28
  • Patricia Deaton – December 28
  • Lynn Adcock – December 29
  • Claudia Phelps – December 30
  • Donna Grosse – December 31
  • Vince Grosse – December 31

Anniversaries

  • Bettie and John Goss – December 27, 1961, Louisville, KY, 59 years!
  • Pat and Grady Phillips – December 28, 1963, Washington DC, 57 years!

RUMC

Sunday, Dec. 27 will have one worship service, at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary led by Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC. And if you want to provide a memorial donation for any dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.



CUC Newsletter – December 20, 2020

And the Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Making Room

Linda Boswell will be leading the CUC Class study this week with the conclusion of the Advent study book “Making Room”.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 37nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance: Dec. 13, 13 in Class, 78 on Zoom, Total: 91

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom (capacity 47). It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it is a hybrid production.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

Has Grinch Stolen Your Christmas?

By Dr. Jeff Schreve

Without a doubt, Christmas is to be a time of GREAT JOY. On that first Christmas night , the angel announced to the shepherds “good news of a great joy. “The savior has come! WOW! Those shepherds were so excited. That announcement changed their lives forever. They were filled with joy and wonder and praise.

At Christmas time, are you filled with joy and wonder and praise? Or has the devil, the original Grinch, the thief who comes only to steal and kill and destroy, stolen those things from you? If so, there is still time to get it back!

  1. The Savior has come to save you from a dark past. So many people are suffering with intense guilt over bad things they have done in the past. All the terrible, horrible things you have done are no match for the Savior’s blood that He shed for you on the cross. The moment you confess those sins to God and repent of them, you are forgiven!
  2. The Savior has come to save you from an empty present. Many people are surviving and not really living. Jesus came at Christmas not to fill your empty stocking, but to fill your empty life! He has a purpose and a plan for you. He wants to use your life to make a difference in others, a difference that will last for all eternity.
  3. The Savior has come to save you from a hopeless future. Everyone without God is without hope. No one comes to the Father without the Savior, Jesus Christ. But now He has come, and we can really know Him personally, and we can be assured of His presence and provision while we live…and His heaven when we die.

My friend, do not let the devil steal from you and your Christmas time any longer! The Savior has come, and He has come for you! Receive the good news and rejoice in the truth!

It was good to see everyone at the “Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever” on Tuesday night. A great time of fellowship! Thanks to Patsy and Bill, Garlinn and Mike, and Dee and Bill.

Look forward to seeing everyone Sunday,

Fred Brown


CUC Christmas Party

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! The Christmas party committee Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott, and Patsy and Bill Lanham planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups, some music, and dancing, and then playing Santa Bingo. A good time was had by all!

Thank you! It was a great party!


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement and also on the loss of his sister Jo Adcock
  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from chemo treatment
  • Sandy Griffin – on the loss of her mom, Lois Shepard, 97, who passed away on Wednesday. Her mother’s 101 year old sister passed away on Sunday.

Continuing Prayers

  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


RUMC Christmas Services

  • Christmas Eve services are both streaming and on demand services at 10 a.m, 4 p.m.and 6 p.m., 11 p.m.
  • Outdoor candlelight services will be held in the Sanctuary parking lot at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Services will last approx. 30 min. If standing for this length of time is challenging, please bring your own chair. Masks are required.

Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert includes select footage from last year’s concert and many new offerings as well. Some of these new elements include a virtual choir, new recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Ringers, a special piece by members of our children’s choirs, selections by players from the Georgia Philharmonic, an organ solo by Tom Alderman, and a special presentation from our drama ministry, Acting UP.

It is an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be available on demand through Christmas Day. The link to watch the concert is www.rumc.com/christmasconcert.


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC.

And if you want to provide a memorial donation for Keith Stump or other dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. There are menu options for both family sized and individual portions of each item being offered. Each individual meal will contain 2 portions, and each family sized item will contain 6-10 servings of each dish. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, December 20th, and pick up will be on Wednesday, December 23 by 4:00 PM.

Pre-Order Online or E-mail Order to jcrane@rumc.com by Sunday, December 20th,

Pick up on Wednesday, December 23rd by 4:00 PM

  • Pineapple Glazed Sliced Ham w/ Grilled Pineapple, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $25.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Smoked Gouda and White Truffle Mac and Cheese, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Bacon and Green Bean Casserole, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00 ,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Roasted Mushroom, White Truffle and Swiss Cheese Frittata, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00

Family Meal Deal #1 $75.00,Includes Family Sized Portions of: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and a Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole. ,

Family Meal Deal #2 $75.00


Birthdays

  • Lynda Leckie – Dec 26

Anniversaries

  • none

Missions

Support for Our Missions: Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses! You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand
  • Evening in Bethlehem – Journey to the Manger: A Drive-Thru Experience- Saturday, December 19th from 2:30-4:30

Have a safe and healthy Merry Christmas!



CUC Newsletter – December 13, 2020

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Leave the Light On

Bill Griffin will lead the CUC class lesson this Sunday, presenting chapter 3 of the book, “Making Room” by Ed Robb. The scripture for Sunday is Isaiah 9:2 and the lesson title is “Leave the Light On”.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 36nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Attendance Dec. 6, In Class: 10, Zoom: 75, Total: 85
Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

Show Your Joy To The World

by Karen Ehman
“ But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13: 5-6
When you think of the phrase, “Christmas is coming!”… What sort of emotion does it evoke?

  • Panic: I only have two more Saturdays of shopping before Christmas.
  • Frustration: There are so many activities this month.
  • Regret: Why did I say we’d host the family get-together.
  • Envy: I noticed on facebook the gorgeous holiday decorations my friend has in her home.

Are these the attitudes we want on display during the month of December? Or should we choose the attitude reflected in the old familiar hymn, Joy to the World?

The verse above declares that our reaction to the salvation God freely offers—which began when Jesus came into the world as a baby that very first Christmas—should be rejoicing. In the old testament verse, the word translated for rejoice actually means “to exult, to go about or to be excited to levity.”

The word exult means to “leap for joy,” and it’s usually connected with a triumph of some kind. Through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection, He triumphed over death.

We need not fear the future because of the miracle of Christmas. If we have responded to the gospel—the good news about Jesus offering us salvation—we too can

experience a victory over the grave and dwell with God forever in heaven someday. What a reason to rejoice!

Today, let’s chase down some Christmas cheer. But not just keep it to ourselves. Parking our minds on the truth of salvation through Jesus helps us show joy to the world during the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday.

God Bless, Fred Brown


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! is fast approaching on Tuesday night, December 15th from 5:50 – 7 PM. Everyone should have received their invitation by email . The Christmas party committee is Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott,and Patsy and Bill Lanham and they have planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups and then playing Santa Bingo. Last week, you should have been emailed a bingo card for you to print on your printer along with instructions for putting your own numbers on your cards. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PRINT ONE, please contact Patsy so she can mail you one. We want everyone to be able to play bingo at our party, so if you have any problem being able to print OR if you are having trouble getting Zoom or understanding HOW you do it, please contact one of us to help you.

Time: Dec 15, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Murphy Harpst Christmas Update

According to CUC treasurer, Charlie Mason, the total amount of money contributed by CUC members to the Murphy-Harpst Christmas collection is now $4855.


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Brenda Burrell – prayers for Bob that he would return to church & to join us in CUC
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she has another chemo treatment next week
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer
  • Keith Stump passed away last Sunday morning. Please keep Wilma in your thoughts and prayers. The family has asked that contributions be made to the RUMC Foundation in his memory.

Thanksgiving

  • Pat Phillips – thanks to the class for all of the prayers, loving thoughts and cards. Post surgery, she is feeling fine, and awaiting pathology report and follow up with the surgeon next week.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Virtual RUMC Christmas Festival Concert

This year’s concert will include select footage from last year’s concert and many new offerings as well. Some of these new elements include a virtual choir, new recordings of the Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Ringers, a special piece by members of our children’s choirs, selections by players from the Georgia Philharmonic, an organ solo by Tom Alderman, and a special presentation from our drama ministry, Acting UP. It is sure to be an exciting and joyous experience!

The concert will be streamed this Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. and will be available on demand beginning Monday, December 14 through Christmas Day. The link to watch the concert is http://www.rumc.com/christmasconcert.


Year End Giving to RUMC

As we contemplate our year end giving, please remember the RUMC Foundation and the CUC Endowment. Your gift to the CUC endowment is a “gift that keeps on giving”. Each year the endowment allows CUC to direct the earnings to charities as directed by CUC. And if you want to provide a memorial donation for Keith Stump or other dear departed persons, just make your check out to RUMC Foundation with CUC Endowment on the memo line along with the person’s name you want to memorize.


Meals To Go

The RUMC Hospitality team is still preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. No need to pre-order unless you plan to pay by credit card.

Last Take-Out Lunches of 2020: Week of December 15th– December 17th

  • Tuesday: Turkey Pot Pie, Garden Salad with Pickled Veggies, Fresh Fruit,
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings over Rice, Corn Souffle, Fresh Fruit
  • Thursday: Southern Shrimp, Chicken and Smoked Sausage Stew, Cheese Grits, HerbedButtered Biscuit, Fresh Fruit.

RUMC Christmas Dinner Take Home Meals

The RUMC Kitchen Crew has put together an amazing menu for Christmas Take Home Meals. We have menu options for both family sized and individual portions of each item being offered. Each individual meal will contain 2 portions, and each family sized item will contain 6-10 servings of each dish. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, December 20th, and pick up will be on Wednesday, December 23 by 4:00 Pm.

Pre-Order Online or E-mail Order to jcrane@rumc.com by Sunday, December 20th,

Pick up on Wednesday, December 23rd by 4:00 PM

  • Pineapple Glazed Sliced Ham w/ Grilled Pineapple, Family Size (Feeds 6+) $25.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Smoked Gouda and White Truffle Mac and Cheese ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Bacon and Green Bean Casserole,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecan Topping,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $15.00,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole ,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00 ,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Roasted Mushroom, White Truffle and Swiss Cheese Frittata,Family Size (Feeds 6+) $20.00,,Individual Portions (Feeds 2) $5.00
  • Family Meal Deal #1 $75.00,Includes Family Sized Portions of: Pineapple Glazed Ham, Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole and a Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole. ,
  • Family Meal Deal #2 $75.00 – ???? suprise??

Birthdays

  • none

Anniversaries

  • Sharon & Tom Erdman – December 13, 1959 – Beaufort, SC – 61 years !
  • Marianna and Fred Brown – December 18, 1966 -Flora, MS – 54 years !

Support for Our Missions:Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • CUC Virtual Christmas Party – December 15
  • RUMC Virtual Christmas Concert – Friday, December 11 – 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, December 13 – 3 p.m,Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 25, On-Demand


Bingo Card for Virtual Christmas party – 2020

Print this page on your printer. Print one card for each person.

Notice that the free space is occupied by Santa so you can use this square as a free space.

Our game is open to CUC members only and one card per person.

You are going to put in your very own numbers. Notice on the bottom of each column that it tells you what numbers belong in each column. So, in the B column you choose 5 numbers from 1 – 15 and place one number in each square in any order. Continue for the remaining columns.

Get something to use to cover your numbers like Hershey’s kisses, gumdrops, M &M’s, or if all else fails – dried beans. Your choice.

Remember that you bingo when you fill in all the squares in a straight line going across, up and down or diagonally unless our caller, Mike, tells us something else.

Mike will have everyone muted and when you bingo, unmute yourself and yell “ BINGO” or “SANTA”. Figure out how to unmute.

Prizes will be mailed to each bingo winner.

Check Sue’s Friday email for the zoom log in for our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever. Party starts at 5:30 and feel free to join the group 5 – 10 minutes early so we all are on zoom and ready for fun and laughter at 5:30.

CUC Newsletter – December 6, 2020

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13



Sunday, December 6, 2020

Welcome Strangers

Garlinn Story will lead the CUC lesson this Sunday. She will be sharing from chapter two of “Making Room”, titled Welcome Strangers. The bible verse is

He defends the cause of the featherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:18-19:


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 36nd Sunday we have met on Zoom.

Last Sunday, Nov. 25, there were 12 CUC members in the classroom and approximately 75 were able to join us on Zoom for a total socially-distanced attendance of about 87.

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

The Thrill of Hope

by Shawn McEvoy
“A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaker a new and glorious morn.” —O Holy Night
Does Christmas thrill you?…So if Christ’s coming into this world offers hope, and hope, as the song says, provides a thrill, how do we locate that experience amid the distraction and disillusionment of December? Well that is the cool thing about Hope. Just as total darkness can’t hold back the light of a tiny flame, so does the smallest increment of Hope provide joy and purpose.

Ever wonder why faith, hope, and love are the greatest virtues, and apparently in that order? Maybe hope isn’t actually something we do, but we receive, like grace. If it’s true that “without faith it is impossible for us to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6), perhaps it’s conversely true that without Hope it would be impossible for Him to please us. The same verse says that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Is hope that reward?
I mean, if faith is what we give to God, and hope is what He gives to us, then we have the dynamic of a relationship. With that in place, we can love. So love is built on hope, which is built on faith.

I look forward to seeing you as we enter the second week of Advent,
Fred Brown


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Our Merriest Little Christmas Party Ever! is fast approaching on Tuesday night, December 15th from 5:50 – 7 PM. Everyone should have received their invitation by email this week.

The Christmas party committee is Garlinn and Mike Story, Dee and Bill Scott and Patsy and Bill Lanham and they have planned a fun evening of visiting with one another in small groups and then playing Santa Bingo.

Next week, you will be emailed a bingo card for you to print on your printer along with instructions for putting your own numbers on your cards. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PRINT ONE, please email Patsy Lanham or call her, so she can mail you one. We want everyone to be able to play bingo at our party, so if you have any problem being able to print OR if you are having trouble getting Zoom or understanding HOW you do it, please contact one of us to help you.


Christmas Gifts for Murphy Harpst Children

The total amount contributed by CUC members for Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home Christmas is now $3,915. Charlie Mason has written a check from CUC to Murphy-Harpst in the amount of $4,000 and Betty Hunt is sending it off this weekend to the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home.


Christmas Gift & Craft Show
Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
– change of hours due to weather.

Festive gifts. Artisan crafts. Delicious goodies. Gorgeous lights and decorations. You’ll find all that and more at RUMC’s annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show. Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life; from kids to in-laws to teachers and anyone in between.100% of the proceeds from vendor booth fees go to support our student mission efforts both domestically and internationally.

This year’s Christmas Gift & Craft Show is moving outdoors! Vendor booths will be set up in Sanctuary Parking Lot according to recommended distancing guidelines and a one-way traffic flow. Please come wearing a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken. Come safely shop and support local businesses this holiday season!



RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

From Jacob Crane: I hope everyone had a great week back from Thanksgiving. The kitchen was right back into the swing of things this week, Serving up 375 Hot Meals and another 215 Frozen Meals! Thanks again to all of you for your help in making this a successful outreach ministry to the community! We have a really great menu planned for next week. Should be a busy week, and we plan on serving some really great meals!

The RUMC Hospitality team is still preparing convenient, delicious, affordable meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Pick up meals at our drive-through outside of Fellowship Hall. All meals are just $5.00. No need to pre-order unless you plan to pay by credit card.

Week of December 8th – December 10th

  • Tuesday – Beef Chili over Steamed White Rice, Cole Slaw, Corn Bread,
  • Wednesday – Honey Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders, Mac and Cheese, Peas and Carrots, Buttered Biscuit
  • Thursday – Pork Schnitzel with Mustard Cream Sauce over Roasted Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, Bavarian Soft Pretzel

  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from latest chemo treatment
  • Pat Phillips is scheduled for surgery on Monday, December 7, at Piedmont, for a lumpectomy, and would appreciate prayers.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, and for their friend Susan Ouzts, both undergoing therapy for cancer
  • Nancy Spence: Thank you CUC friends for prayers and concerns for my son Tim. He came home Wednesday afternoon. Covid and Pneumonia under control, but still dealing with gallbladder issues.
  • Keith Stump has had multiple myeloma for many years. He is now on home hospice. Please keep Keith and Wilma in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Thanksgiving

  • Beth and Bob Hamilton express their heartfelt appreciation for the unbelievable love and support that you all have given to us during their covid illness. “To all of those in our class,…..many thanks for the cards, prayers & individual deliveries of delicious dinners. Just great!!!! Beth and I are today free of the covid virus! “

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – as he continues his recovery from stroke
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May – still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Mary Serafina – December 7
  • Hugh Gardner – December 10
  • Bob Burrell – December 11

Anniversaries

  • none

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • December 15 – CUC Virtual Christmas Party
  • Dec. 5 – 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Christmas Gift and Craft Show


CUC Newsletter – November 27, 2020

Love your neighbor as yourself.
Mark 12:31



Sunday, November 29, 2020

Making Room

As you know, this Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. Our own John Sharp will deliver the lesson based on the book written by Ed Robb titled “Making Room”, sharing the love of Christmas. The Bible verse for this lesson is Mark 12:31.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and in Our Classroom

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 35nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. There were 15 CUC members in the classroom and approximately 47 were able to join us on Zoom, joining on line after we had a computer glitch, for a total socially-distanced attendance of about 62.

Thanks to Garlinn Story for her assistance in allowing us to use her zoom account after we were blocked out of Doug’s account.

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

If the meeting doesn’t start for you by 9:30 am on Sundays, PLEASE check your emails for a new (alternate) link to the Sunday School meeting.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. If you are attending CUC on Zoom you will do the same to register your attendance. The system will allow you to choose between “Sunday School – 9:30 am” or “Sunday School – 11:00 am.” When you chose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

“To believe means to realize not just with the head but with the heart that God loves me in a creative, intimate, unique, reliable and tender way. Creative: out of his love I came forth; through his love I am who I am. Intimate: his love reaches out to the deepest in me. Unique: his love embraces me as I am, not as I am considered to be by other people or supposed to be in my own self-image. Reliable: his love never lets me down. Tender…Tenderness is what happens to you when you know you are deeply and sincerely liked by someone.” —Brennan Manning

“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”, Isaiah 49:13

Hope everyone had a wonderful and fulfilling Thanksgiving Day!
Look forward to seeing everyone Sunday morning,

Fred Brown


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

Christmas Party – 2015

From Patsy Lanham – SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, December 15th 5:30-7:00PM for our CUC virtual Christmas Party.


Christmas Gifts for Murphy Harpst Children

Our CUC Treasurer reported that as of November 21 a total of $2550.00 has been received from CUC members for the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Christmas Kindness Project 2020. This week and the weeks of November 29 and December 6 remain before the check from our class is mailed to Murphy-Harpst.

The Mission Outreach Committee asks that our class members be generous with this worthy cause we have always supported at Christmas time. According to Pam Kramer of M-H, the number of young people to receive gifts this year is 140. Some are in specialized foster care, some live in the community, and those who are part of this Methodist residential treatment center know it as their home, their school, their “family.” Our committee hopes every class member/couple will send a check to CUC treasurer Charles Mason made out to CUC with Murphy-Harpst Christmas on the notation line. THANK YOU, CUC! BEST WISHES FOR YOUR HAPPY AND SAFE CHRISTMAS.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

It was a very busy week this week in the RUMC kitchen as the kitchen staff was able to provide Thanksgiving meals to around 100 different families. Thanks so much to all of the volunteers that helped us distribute all of these meals today! I spoke to several people today who could not be more thankful and appreciative to not only be able to receive these meals, but to also just get out of the house and connect a little with other members of this wonderful community here at RUMC!

Order Online

  • Tuesday – Turkey Tetrazzini, Garden Salad with Pickled Vegetable, Garlic Bread,
  • Wednesday – Orange-Sesame Chicken, Vegetable Fried Rice, Egg Roll, Fresh Fruit,
  • Thursday – Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Egg Noodles, Roasted Garlic Butter Broccoli, Yeast Roll

Christmas Gift & Craft Show

This year’s RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show will be Friday Dec. 4, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come for festive gifts, artisan crafts, delicious goodies, and gorgeous lights and decorations. You’ll find all that and more at RUMC’s annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show. Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life; from kids to in-laws to teachers and anyone in between.

100% of the proceeds from vendor booth fees go to support our student mission efforts both domestically and internationally. Like a European Christmas Market, it is moving outdoors this year. Vendor booths will be set up Sanctuary Parking Lot according to recommended distancing guidelines and a one-way traffic flow. Please come wearing a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken. Come safely shop and support local businesses this holiday season!

One thing that hasn’t changed, is the need for volunteers. So, this is a link for anyone interested in volunteering at the show.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bada723a5ff2-rumc1


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Sister Backus – as she deals with continuing back problems and dealing with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from latest chemo treatment
  • Pat Phillips is scheduled for surgery on December 7, at Piedmont, for a lumpectomy, and would appreciate prayers.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, who is facing chemotherapy, and for the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts completing new chemo treatment and hopefully will begin radiation at Mayo on Dec.14th.
  • David Hills requests prayers for his brother Dan Hills who has a knee replacement scheduled for Friday, November 27. His situation is complicated by Parkinson’s and diabetes.
    Keith Stump who has had multiple myeloma for many years is no longer able to be treated. He will be coming home from the hospital today on home hospice. Please keep Keith and Wilma in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Thanksgiving

  • Beth and Bob Hamilton express their heartfelt appreciation for the unbelievable love and support that you all have given to us during their covid illness. “To all of those in our class,…..many thanks for the cards, prayers & individual deliveries of delicious dinners. Just great!!!! Beth and I are today free of the covid virus! “

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – Malone is going to North Fulton Physical Therapy for rehab with machines this week. We are hopeful that this will help him strengthen his weak right leg. He received a good report from the structural heart doctor last week, regarding the success of his heart procedure. We are grateful for your continued prayers.
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus! Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Charlotte Dodson – November 29
  • Doug Tatom – November 30
  • George Waite – December 3

Anniversaries

  • none

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • December 15 – CUC Virtual Christmas Party
  • December 4 and 5 – RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show



CUC Newsletter – November 22, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm  118:1 


Sunday, November 22, 2020 Not So Forbidden History

Scott Dickson will be our CUC speaker on Sunday 11/22. His lesson title is “Not So Forbidden History” with the scripture from 2 Timothy.

Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.2

Timothy 3: 16-17 


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and Back to RUMC

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 34th Sunday we have met on Zoom. There were  17 CUC members in the classroom and  70 joining  on line for  a total socially-distanced attendance of 92 . Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet.  Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. 

After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register.  If you are attending CUC on Zoom you will do the same to register your attendance.

The system will allow you to choose between “Sunday School – 9:30 am” or “Sunday School – 11:00 am.” When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

To wait on God is to struggle and sometimes fail. Sometimes the failures teach us more than the successes. For the failures teach us that to wait on God is not only to wait for his mercy, but to wait by his mercy… The glory hidden in our failures is the discovery that the very thing we wait for is what we wait by! The success of our waiting lies not in who we are but in who God is. It is not our strength that will pull us through to the end, it is God’s amazing grace and mercy. —Ben Patterson

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Jesus Christ before the beginning of time, 

2 Timothy 1:8-9

Look forward to being with you Sunday in person and on Zoom.

Praise the Lord and go Dawgs!!

Fred Brown


Pop-up Lunches a Success

Thanks to Garlinn and Mike Story CUC had another nice “Pop-up Lunch” on the RUMC Commons this past Monday.  There were about 17  CUC members  there. Again it was good to see and chat with other CUC members face to face.


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

From Patsy Lanham – SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday, December 15th 5:30-7:00PM for our CUC virtual Christmas Party.


Christmas Gifts for Murphy Harpst Children

The CUC Class has the opportunity again in 2020 to help make Christmas a happy time for the residential, specialized foster care, and community services children at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center.  For many children in care, this is an emotional time.  For some it will be their first real Christmas experience! 

In 2019 our class contributed $4000 to provide Christmas gifts for 146 children at Murphy-Harpst. Thank you very much for that generous support. We hope CUC can meet that goal again this year.  Since we will not be passing around a decorated basket in our classroom on Sundays in November, the Mission Outreach Committee asks that you write checks made out to CUC with “Murphy-Harpst Christmas” on the notation line. 

Send your check to Charles Mason .  The special collection for the Murphy-Harpst Christmas now totals $2375. One check for the total amount will be mailed to M-H by December 8, the deadline for all donations to be received there.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS CLASS MISSION.    MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Help Needed

Mary Kay Mills is going to be receiving daily treatments beginning after Thanksgiving.  She will have a 10-15 minute treatment for 7 consecutive days, off a week, and treatment again.  Not sure of the number of weeks involved.  In the off week, she will need to get blood draws twice.  Treatments will be at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs. We are not sure of the time of day yet.  The Cares and Concerns Committee is asking for your help with transportation. 

If you can drive any of these days, please email Nancy Wright with your name.
Mary Kay appreciates YOU ALL


Christmas Gift & Craft Show

This year’s RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show will be:
Friday Dec. 4, 3 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come for festive gifts, artisan crafts, delicious goodies, and gorgeous lights and decorations. You’ll find all that and more at RUMC’s annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show.

Find the perfect gift for anyone and everyone in your life; from kids to in-laws to teachers and anyone in between. 100% of the proceeds from vendor booth fees go to support our student mission efforts both domestically and internationally.

Like a European Christmas Market, it is moving outdoors this year. Vendor booths will be set up in the Sanctuary Parking Lot according to recommended distancing guidelines and a one-way traffic flow.  Please come wearing a mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken. Come safely shop and support local businesses this holiday season!

One thing that hasn’t changed, is the need for volunteers. So, this is a link for anyone interested in volunteering at the show. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bada723a5ff2-rumc1


  • Jim Adcock – Ongoing recovery at home following partial hip replacement
  • Jeannie Ehlers– as she recovers from latest chemo treatment
  • Beth and Beth Hamilton – for a quick recovery from Covid-19
  • Pat Phillips is scheduled for surgery on December 7, at Piedmont, for a lumpectomy, and would appreciate prayers. 
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, who is facing chemotherapy, and for the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts completing new chemo treatment and hopefully will begin radiation at Mayo on Dec.14th.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she receives PT for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – recovering following aortic valve replacement
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members. And for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus!

Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk. Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


Birthdays

  • Bob Moore – November 26
  • Martha Thompson – November 26

Anniversaries

  • Gale and Roger Davis – Nov 23, 1961, Gainesville, FL, 59 years!
  • Pat & Patrick Cooney – November26,1960, New York NY, 60 years!
  • Nancy & Johnie Wright – November28,1987, Blue Springs,MO, 33years
  • Martha & Bill Thompson – Nov 28,1958, Decatur GA, 62 years!

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • December 15 – CUC Virtual Christmas Party
  • December 4 and 5 – RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show


CUC – Lunch on the Commons

From Garlinn Story – Lunch on the Commons:

Pop-up Lunch a Success

Thanks to Garlinn and Mike Storey and our social committee and a nice warm day our first CUC “pop-up lunch” on the RUMC Commons was a success. It was attended by about 17 CUC members who all agreed it was really nice to see one another face-to-face.

CUC Newsletter – November 15, 2020

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Don’t Overload Your Wagon

Bill Floyd will be our CUC Speaker on Sunday. Bill is the Associate Pastor of Congregational Care. The title of his lesson is “Don’t overload your wagon”. His scripture is:

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42.


CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and Back to RUMC

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 33nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. There were 14 CUC members in the classroom and 77 joining on line for a total socially-distanced attendance of 91.

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. If you are attending CUC on Zoom you will do the same to register your attendance. The system will allow you to choose between “Sunday School – 9:30 am” OR “Sunday School – 11:00 am.” When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and World Series Most Valuable Player award winner Orel Hershiser is competitive and states there is no excuse for mediocrity. Even so, he has discovered that failure need not be devastating.

He wrote,” I don’t like to fail but I can handle it. That hasn’t always been true, but as a Christian of ten years, I know where my strength comes from. I know that even if I give up a home run that makes me a goat, I’ll survive. My wife and kids will still love me. God is still in his heaven. The world will not come to an end, regardless of my performance.

It is the same faith, though, that makes me determined to be a good steward of the mind and body I’ve been blessed with. If my faith merely made me accept defeat and failure, it would be a crutch-a weak, sad alibi. …. It is my faith that lifts me up when I’ve failed. It is my faith that reminds me of my true insignificance when the world has been laid at my feet because of my success at throwing a ball. To call myself a Christian and then not to strive to be the best I can be and do the most I can with what has been given to me would be the height of hypocrisy. Being a Christian is no excuse for mediocrity or for passive acceptance of defeat. If anything, Christianity demands a higher standard, more devotion to the task.

“Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

I look forward to being back with you Sunday.

Be safe and God bless,

Fred Brown


Walk through the Bible

As a part of Dave Mueller’s lesson last week, he offered CUC an opportunity to participate in a Walk Through the Bible year-long session. During the year, participants would read the Bible and participate in monthly discussion of the scriptures. He has done this for other groups with very positive feedback. Interested CUC members are asked to contact either Fred Brown or Bob Moore.


Pop-up Lunch a Success

Thanks to Garlinn and Mike Storey and our social committee and a nice warm day our first CUC “pop-up lunch” on the RUMC Commons was a success. It was attended by about 17 CUC members who all agreed it was really nice to see one another face-to-face.

Since we had a great time safely seeing one another outside at Monday’s Pop up lunch on the Commons, we are thinking we will take advantage of the predicted good weather and do this again this coming Monday, November 16th at 12:30 PM p.m. on the Commons. Hope you will plan to attend with your chairs, mask, food, drink and if need be a blanket for your lap. Looking forward to seeing you,

Fellowship Committee


CUC Plans Christmas Party!

From Patsy Lanham – SAVE THE DATE –
Tuesday, December 15th 5:30-7:00PM for our CUC virtual Christmas Party.


Christmas Gifts for Murphy Harpst Children

The CUC Class has the opportunity again in 2020 to help make Christmas a happy time for the residential, specialized foster care, and community services children at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center. Pam Kramer, our contact there, writes, “For many children in care, this is an emotional time, for some it will be their first real Christmas experience! Last year we provided a record breaking 146 children with gifts, and we hope to meet or exceed that record again this year. We would certainly appreciate any monetary support the class could provide this year. The pandemic has changed the way we handle gifts, but I am hopeful it will all work out.”

In 2019 our class contributed $4000 toward Christmas gifts for Murphy-Harpst children. Thank you very much for that generous support. Since we won’t be passing around a decorated basket in our classroom on Sundays, the committee asks that you consider writing checks made out to CUC with Murphy-Harpst Christmas on the notation line. Send the checks to Charles Mason. He will mail one check for the total amount to M-H by December 8, the deadline for all donations to be received there. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS CLASS MISSION. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

From Charlie Mason: I have already received four checks totaling $350 for the Murphy-Harpst Christmas collection.


  • Jim Adcock -As he returns home this Friday to continue recovery from successful partial hip replacement
  • Myra Belote – She reports successful surgery and recovery. Thankful for the support and prayers from this incredible CUC class.
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from latest chemo treatment
  • Beth Hamilton – for a quick recovery from Covid-19
  • Pat Phillips is scheduled for surgery on December 7, at Piedmont, for a lumpectomy, and would appreciate prayers.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, who is facing chemotherapy, and for the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts completing new chemo treatment and hopefully will begin radiation at Mayo on Dec.14th.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – recovering following aortic valve replacement
  • Betty and Don Gay– at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Bob Hamilton recovering well from partial hip replacement surgery says “Please give my thanks for all the wonderful cards & prayers to those who offer their thoughts in my behalf”.
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills – as she continues treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Please pray for needs expressed and unexpressed for CUC members, and for friends and relatives of CUC class members who are facing illnesses, loss of loved ones, and important decisions to be made, especially at this difficult time with the Corona virus!

Special prayers for CUC members who have had severely limited outside contacts for these past few months due to Covid 19 risk.

Prayers also for our nation and its people and for the reopening of churches.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

Week of November 17th – November 19th

  • Tuesday: Turkey Pot Pie, Herbed Stuffing, Green Beans
  • Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Spaghetti Marinara, Vegetable Medley, Garlic Bread
  • Thursday: Country Fried Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Seasoned Corn on the Cob, Honey Butter Biscuit

From Jacob Crane:

We will not have hot lunches the week of Thanksgiving, but we will pick back up on December 1st.

I have a menu for Thanksgiving Meal Pre-Orders. These will be fully cooked ready to heat and serve traditional Thanksgiving dishes available to purchase through pre-orders.

Please feel free to start spreading the word so that we can start to get an idea of how many to prepare for.


Birthdays

  • Judy Hoogstraal – November 15
  • Jim Taylor – November 15
  • Lynn Roberts – November 18
  • Ron Peterson – November 18
  • Sandy Griffin – November 19

Anniversaries

  • Wanda and Terry Taylor– Nov 16, 1991 – Roswell GA, 29 years
  • Marlene and Don MacLeod – Nov 16, 1962 – Watertown,MA, 58 years!
  • Brenda & Bob Burrell – November 17, 1990 – Roswell, GA, 30 years

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • November 16 – CUC Pop-Up Lunch 12:30
  • December 15 – CUC Virtual Christmas Party

Ed. Note: If you have a prayer request or an announcement to be included in the Friday email to the CUC members, please forward it to Sue Waite by Thursday evening. If there is an urgent request, we can distribute it also. There are many announcements that come from RUMC weekly. If you feel any specifically should be included in this CUC newsletter please let Sue know.



CUC Newsletter – November 8, 2020

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?


Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Temple of God

Dave Mueller will be leading our CUC Class this Sunday with the second part part of a series. The title he’ll use is “The Temple of God”. The scripture will be

1 Cor. 6: 19-20. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own: you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

CUC Sunday School Class on Zoom and Back to RUMC

Thank goodness for Zoom! This Sunday will be the 32nd Sunday we have met on Zoom. This past week some of us also got back in our classroom. On Zoom there were 72, 17 were in class, making a total attendance of 89.

Sunday we will again have the Zoom meeting in the CUC classroom. It will be displayed on the TV screens in class so it’s really a hybrid meeting. There is a capacity for 47 in the classroom.


Online Attendance Register for SS Classes

Be sure that you register your attendance – either Zooming or on-site participation online using your personal cell phone or tablet. Class members will initially go online to: http://www.rumc.com/connect-card to register within Ministry Platform. After that, each time you sign-on you will just need to select the event that you are attending to register. If you are attending CUC on Zoom you will do the same to register your attendance. The system will allow you to choose between “Sunday School – 9:30 am” OR “Sunday School – 11:00 am.” When you choose the time that your class normally meets, the system will then automatically connect your attendance to the CUC class.


A Note from CUC President

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

There is a striking difference between knowing about God and knowing God. We may know the right God-words yet not experience God. Only in Jesus, the Son of God, can we truly know God the Father…

What we think of God makes a tremendous difference in our lives. Where we get our ideas of God makes a tremendous difference too. We can gather up data and develop our own image of God, or we can allow God to reveal himself in a self portrait—his Son, Jesus Christ…- Reuben R. Welch

I will not be with you this Sunday, as MariAnna and I will be attending the wedding of our oldest Granddaughter. You will be in the highly capable hands of our Vice President, Sandy Martin. See you on November 15.

God Bless you all,

Fred Brown


  • Jim Adcock – As he recovers from successful partial hip replacement
  • Myra Belote says “Thank you for the cards, calls, and emails of support and prayers for my surgery on this coming Monday, Nov. 9. Blessed to be part of this wonderful CUC class.”
  • Jeannie Ehlers – as she recovers from chemo this past Wednesday
  • Susan Emmons would appreciate prayers for her brother-in law Gordon in Cadillac Michigan who is going to need open heart surgery for a stenosed aortic valve and 3 bypasses. He is a poor surgical risk with diabetes and obesity.
  • Vince and Donna Grosse appreciate all your prayers for his sister, Deidra Morrison, who is facing chemotherapy as cancer was detected in a lymph node. Please continue to pray for the Grosse’s friend Susan Ouzts. She is on a new chemo treatment and has one treatment remaining. If her “numbers are good” she will return to the Mayo Clinic on Dec 14th and begin radiation.
  • Wanda Taylor’s sister in law, Nancy Bardin who has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.

Continuing Prayers

  • Dick Anthony – as he continues to deal with health problems.
  • Sister Backus – as she has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat (Mrs.) Cooney and (Mr.) Pat as she continues to battle multiple myeloma
  • Pat Deaton and her daughter Lara who is caring for her
  • Malone Dodson – recovering following aortic valve replacement
  • Betty and Don Gay – at home with daily help of caregiver
  • Bob Hamilton recovering well from partial hip replacement surgery
  • Shirley May still recovering with post-shingles neuropathy
  • Mary Kay Mills at home and continuing for treatment of leukemia
  • Edna Smith as she deals with increasing problems with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat Stamps recovering from a severe case of Shingles
  • Stan & Virginia Thomason – Virginia has palliative Hospice Care. Stan looks forward to calls from CUC members.

Big Thank you to CUC Angels from Mary Kay Mills

To My CUC Family:

Don’t know where to begin thanking all of you for everything that you have done to get me through my extensive bout with leukemia. The many cards & prayers I have received (and are still receiving) have been such God-sends & you will never know how much they have helped & supported me. In addition I thank you for all the wonderful food I have received since returning home. Such a good variety & all meals have been so delicious & enjoyed by many family members; we appreciate your taking the time and effort to do this.

I begin another round of chemo tomorrow. (Last Monday) While I am currently in remission, this new treatment protocol consists of a combination of a series infusions & a pill regiment which is supposed to help prevent the leukemia from returning. According to my doctor, they have had very good results with those in the “senior category” which definitely includes me! We will see! The really good news is that this series will be given as an outpatient at Northside Forsyth; no more trips to “pill hill”! For this I am asking for continued prayers; I feel they will go a long way toward completing the healing process.

Once more, THANK YOU to everyone for everything! God’s continued blessings to all; I feel so honored to be a part of such a special family!

Mary Kay


Believe Ministries Benefit Celebration

Jane and Greg Davidson are celebrating 13 years in ministry and mission with Believe Ministries, using Greg’s theatrical illusions, music and multi-media to win hearts for Christ. For the past several years, they have hosted an annual Benefit Celebration at RUMC. Many CUC’ers came for an exciting night of entertainment, message, and a chance to give support to their work.

With all the challenges that the Covid virus has brought to all mission work, they feel it’s even more imperative to find new ways to getting the gospel message to the world…virtually. They are inviting you to an event: The Believe Ministries Benefit Celebration “Abra-ca-ZOOM”, a magically fun “God Night”, Thursday, November 12, 7 PM, a private event by Zoom invitation link. It will include comedy, magic, music and message, with an opportunity to support Believe Ministries. There will be an on-line auction too…that will include by popular demand, the “MagicBoy BBQ dinner and entertainment for 8”. They are still accepting auction items.

You are invited to request an invitation packet (with raffle prize tickets) that will result in the ZOOM invitation link for the program itself. Do this by clicking on this web link for the Believe invitation page, click on the red button “send my packet” https://tinyurl.com/Believe-VIP-Invite

Or, send Jane at Jane@BelieveMinistries.org a direct email request for your invitation packet. Please include your mailing address, email address, and the name that you use to zoom.


RUMC Weekly “To Go” Menu

From Jacob Crane:

We had another great week this week in the RUMC kitchen! Even after the loss of power for a few days, we were still able to Serve hundreds of members and community guests this week. Over the past three days, we have served 342 Hot Meals and 184 Frozen Meals. That is averaging over 175 meals per day going out of the kitchen! Thanks to all of you who are able to help volunteer for and/or promote this wonderful Service that we are able to provide each week!

Week of November 10th – November 12th

  • Tuesday: Beef Noodle Casserole, Roasted Carrots, Garlic Rolls, Bottled Water.
  • Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole, Mixed Vegetables, Yeast Roll
  • Thursday: Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Loin w/ Caramelized Onion Pork Jus, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Baked Cinnamon Apples, Yeast Roll

My Neighbor’s Pantry

Just 1 week left of My Neighbors Pantry. The last day will be Monday, November 9th. Then we’ll take a short break and resume on Monday, January 4th. Needs this week are: household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products and butter.

Reminder: Drop-offs are on Monday 12:00-2:00 PM. Please only drop-off donations during this time. Pull up to the Fellowship Hall, honk your horn, and a masked volunteer will get items from your car. THANK YOU!!

CUC members who would like to buy and deliver items from the list to the church can do so. Please keep your receipt and send or email a copy of your receipts for Charlie Mason and you will be reimbursed from the money that has been donated for the MUST ministry.


Birthdays

  • Garlinn Story – November 8
  • Norma Taylor – November 8
  • Allen Buckley – November 9
  • Mrs. Pat Cooney – November 14

Anniversaries

  • Debbie & Mark Goodwin – Nov 8,1980, Kansas City, MO, 30 years
  • Sara & Paul Beecham – Nov 8, 1958, Decatur, GA, 62years!!

Support for Our Missions:

Continue to save those flip tops for Ronald McDonald Houses!

You can continue to contribute support to Murphy Harpst using Amazon Smile. Also register at Publix.com with M-H’s school as the one to receive a portion of your receipts at Publix.


Save the Date

  • November 12 – 7:00 PM – Believe Ministries Benefit “Abra-ca-ZOOM”


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